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The Wizards Said WHAT? ‘I’m sure I’ll figure it out sooner or later’ -JaVale McGee

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Updated: March 1, 2012

In going down 102-95 to an Orlando Magic team that appears to be suffering from mental fatigue due to uncertain cohesiveness, at least the Washington Wizards looked better at losing than they have in the past. Similar to the second half of the Milwaukee game, Randy Wittman opted to keep Nick Young and JaVale McGee benched in favor of a starting lineup of John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. And while this unit struggled out of the gate, they did their jobs and stayed mostly within themselves.

Certainly there were mistakes. Furthermore, missed shots. All to be expected from young team making an earnest attempt while lacking size against a specimen like Dwight Howard and shot-makers who can be trusted to not disrupt the offense. Crawford caught fire with 14 points in the third quarter to go with four assists, giving him a hand in most of the Wizards’ 29 points scored in the period to Orlando’s 25. Once trailing by 17 points in the first half, Washington was down just 71-70 heading into the final 12 minutes. Unfortunately Crawford got cold in the fourth and went 0-for-6 from the field.

But John Wall picked up the slack. He scored 10 straight points for Washington after a timeout at the 10:27 mark of the last quarter when the Wizards were down 79-71. Wall capped his efforts with an assist to Mo Evans for a 3-pointer; it was a 13-4 run that tied the game at 83 with 6:56 left. But back-to-back threes by Orlando’s Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson after a Magic timeout at the 6:34 mark helped bury Washington. A long Nelson offensive rebound resulting in a Hedo Turkoglu 3-pointer that put the Magic up 100-91 with 1:32 left served as the dagger. But the point is that the Wizards fought, as a team, and with strong contributions from Booker, Singleton and a handful of others in addition to Wall and Crawford.

The Wizards SAID WHAT?

In the video, John Wall, Mo Evans, Trevor Booker, Randy Wittman, JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche talk about a wide range of subjects, including: the understanding of Wittman benching McGee and Young, salvaging the season, going against Dwight Howard, being excited to play basketball again, and more…

Also check out my rapid reaction to the 95-102 Wizards-Magic game on ESPN Daily Dime (in the right column, under a picture of Kobe in a mask).


4 Comments

  1. David Kaufman

    March 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Javale McGee needs to sit the rest of the season. He is having a horrible season, in terms of +/- when he is out there. He plays only for himself and his stats. The Wizards should not be accommodating him in doing so. Seraphin and Booker both make the team seem better, because they play defense before looking for stats. McGee fouled Gooden because he thought: “If I have a 1-in-a-hundred chance of a highlight block, and a 90% chance of fouling him on a shot with no chance of going in, I’m going for the block anyway.” And he still doesn’t get it.

  2. Ayo Obayomi

    March 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    @David: Nick Young has one of the better +/- stats for the team, yet if I ask you and other Wizards fans, he’s the worse player in the league! Yes, McGee sucks on D, that was already known. However, he is better substantially on O than Booker and Serpahin. Booker also isn’t as good on D as all of you seem to think either…

  3. thomloverrosthirdchin

    March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Btw-jayson werth is not detoxing in our faces as we type-read……damn u gilbert Lol…

  4. stockyp

    March 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The wizards have problems with mcgee,young, and blatche this season so why not trade them? I love these players and dc do not know what to do to win so get some draft picks. I want to atleast see them win! They traded gil and received lewis in return? you got to be kidding me! I know gil would have done more on one leg than lewis does period!

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